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Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons by Henri J. M. Nouwen
This is my first Henri Nouwen book, I have read it as a preparation to taking part in a service about silent prayer. This is not a book of dry explanation of the symbolism of icons. Nouwen takes four well known icons and offers a meditation on each one, showing how we as individuals but mainly as 'humanity' we can see ourelves in the image. He does this by explaining how his long association with the particular icons has helped and transformed his own prayer life. Using the traditional interpretation of the symbolism he reads clearly and with love the form, gesture, eyes and general composition to explain how, through the icon God reaches out to us and how humanity can move closer to God's… Read more
The Art of the Kariye Camii: National Monuments of&hellip by Robert Ousterhout
The book is a wonderfully illustrated study of this Byzantine Greek Orthidox church in Constantinople. The illustrations of the narthex mosaics and the parecclysion frescoes do great justice to the original.
However, Robert Ousterhout might be making the common mistake of interpreting the Greek '' with the litteral meaning of the word as topographical description. The word is the feminine of the Greek '' meaning place, space, container. As a term atributed to the Virgin Mary the Theodocos it refers to her part in the incarnation as the vessel, container of the incarnate Christ. The book's cover illustration demonstrates this clearly. The depiction of the Virgin… Read more
Re-pitching the Tent: The Definitive Guide to Reor&hellip by Richard Giles
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The book follows the novel way of placing 'footnotes' in the left margin rather the botom of the page.
Biblical and other references are used to illustrate and justify the assertions in the text, some times stretching a point. In general a useful list of bullet points to consider when remodelling and reordering of worship spaces is been considered.